We are having the sunbrella all redone right now. One thing that we are adding is a zipper joint to the front of the bimini so we can attach an awning section that will extend to the shrouds. You can get quite creative.
While our boom has a kicker
it doesn't hold the boom high enough for us. We are adding a ring that will align with the boom on both the top and the bottom of the fabric
. This way we can clip the topper to the fabric
and then clip the boom under the awning to the same ring.
Hard to explain but it is how we avoid having a split in the awning or a hole for the topper.